Stefanos Tsitsipas will take away a valuable lesson after taking a five-set French Open loss to Novak Djokovic on Sunday,

“No matter what, in order for the match to be finished, you have to win three sets and not two,” said the Greek who won the first two sets but was overhauled by the Serb top seed who swept the final three for a 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory and a 19th Grand Slam singles trophy.

“Two sets doesn’t really mean anything. It’s still one away of winning the entire match.”

The 22-year-old who had been hoping to make tennis history for his country, added that everything changed in the third set.

“He suddenly came back at me like a different player.. I have no idea. He played really well. He gave me no space.

“Despite my loss today, I have faith in my game. I very much believe I can get to that point very soon – I was close today.

Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning his semi-final over Alexander Zverev. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

“I see no reason for me not to be holding that trophy one day.”

The emotional Tsitsipas said that his feeling did threaten to intrude as he lost the match of his life.

“I could have easily cried, but I see no reason because I tried everything and couldn’t come up with anything better.

“I’m looking forward to the grass court season. I see opportunities there for me. I like the grass.

“I’m going to try and adapt my game to this surface. I think I have the game to play well on grass, too. I just need to be open-minded.”


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